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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my list of Plants and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"Frondly ferns"

Meet some of the ferns that grow well in Sydney,

Even though the very second plant I ever owned was a fern called 'Fluffy Ruffles' given to me by an admirer (the first being a spider plant  ... Read On »

September in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »


Jobs to do

Spring is here, with new tasks to do! Read More »


My Gardening Tip of the month

Make sure your plants have enough moisture. Strong winds and lack of rain can dry the soil out considerably at this time of year. Once the ground is moist and has warmed up a bit after winter, this is a good time to apply a mulch, using cane mulch or perhaps your own compost mixed with cow manure. Don't apply it too thickly, as this will prevent the rain from getting through. Mulching helps retain moisture, stabilises soil temperature, prevents many weeds from taking hold, and adds organic matter to the soil over time.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 299 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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Discussion Forums Recent Item

"Edible Plants" forum topic: "Broad Beans"

Jane asks:
 Hi all, the leaves on my Broad Bean have severe curl on them. The plants have flowered but probably 20% haven't developed properly. Some of the growth on the plant has been stunted with hard, dark brown edges. There are no insects on the plant and they are checked daily. Any ideas what could have caused this?

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